Pianist/Composer Ted Kooshian releases new CD, Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet" On Summit Records
...plenty of surprises in store, while keeping the listener hooked with imaginative arrangements...Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet is out of this world! -All Music Guide
Serious musicianship with a tongue in cheek approach - Great Music!" - Christopher Lams - Jazz Improv Magazine
Ted Kooshian's new release Standard Orbit Quartet is a brilliant and witty approach to the jazz genre while giving high praise to older Television and Movie themes. Kooshian's selections of familiar visual themes are coupled here with some rock classics (Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, The Police) as well. The Standard Orbit Quartet is made up of Ted Kooshian (piano) Jeff Lederer (saxophones, clarinets) Tom Hubbard (bass) & Warren Odze (drums, percussion). 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Here comes TED!!
Ted Kooshian Bio:
A native of sunny California, San Francisco Bay Area, Ted Kooshian has been living in New York since 1987. Since then he has apportioned his time among jazz gigs, composing, Broadway pits, tours, recording, and club dates. In the New York area, Ted has performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theater, the Rainbow Room, BB King's, Birdland, and Jones Beach. He has played for several Broadway shows, including The Lion King," Mamma Mia," and Spamalot." He has played at the Detroit Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Festival, and the Panasonic Jazz Festival; also jazz festivals in Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. He has been to all the continents on our planet except for Antarctica. He once played a jam session with Frank Foster at the former Latvian Prime Minister's house. In 1986 he had Easter dinner on the South Pacific island of Tonga, as a guest of the prince. Once he was kidnapped in Manila, the Philippines, and he once broke his right foot in Bahia, Brazil. He has toured or played in concert with Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Toni Braxton, Marvin Hamlisch, Sarah Brightman, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears." He plays occasionally as a guest with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. A couple of the more unique vocalists Ted has accompanied on piano are Meryl Streep and manager Tommy LaSorda. Ted is a member of several current New York bands including The Ed Palermo Big Band, Rick Wald's NYC/16, and Judy Barnett's Jazz-a-teria. Ted Kooshian's name is engraved on the two microchips of the STARDUST spacecraft, which was sent into space to return a sample from a comet (the first such sample returned).
STARDUST reached the WILD 2 Comet on January 2, 2004 and sent one of the microchips with Ted's name on it back to Earth (it returned on 1/15/2006 along with the comet samples), while the other microchip will stay on the spacecraft forever and head further into outer space. Ted cites Spider-man, Donald Duck, and Captain James T. Kirk as his major influences.